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Close up of the Alpha (East) Tunnel at the Roden Crater.

Artist James Turrell has spent almost 40 years moving 1.3 million cubic yards of earth and creating an 854-foot tunnel in the Roden Crater. When finally finished, it will have 21 viewing spaces and six tunnels that will channel light into the crater. Read more»

A federal appeals court said Medicaid patients who sued after the state raised their copayments could still collect attorneys’ fees as the winning party in their case – even though they ultimately lost.

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a group of Arizona Medicaid recipients who sued the government after it approved higher copayments for their care should still be able to recover attorneys’ fees in the case. Read more»

A House committee last week gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give Congress greater control over which Native American tribes are granted federal recognition. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar, was approved 23-13 on a largely party-line vote, despite objections from Democrats that the measure would just make the process even more cumbersome and erode tribal rights. Read more»

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a New York City campaign event in June. Trump has been a frequent visitor to Arizona, where he promised to make a major announcement Wednesday on his immigration policy.

A day before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s scheduled “major immigration speech” in Phoenix, immigration advocates on Tuesday were already denouncing any new policy as a likely repackaging of the same “inhumane” policies. Read more»

Political experts say that spending by outside groups can help level the playing field for challengers like GOP Senate hopeful Kelli Ward, who are typically at a fundraising disadvantage against the incumbents they are trying to unseat.. McCain had spent $6.2 million on his re-election campaign and reported more than $5 million in the bank this month, but is getting an additional boost from millions in spending by outside groups supporting his bid.

U.S. Sen. John McCain has spent $6.2 million on his re-election bid and his lead challenger, Kelli Ward, has spent about $1.3 million as they prepare to square off in Tuesday’s GOP primary. But the spending by the two campaigns has almost been matched by independent political action committees, which have spent almost $7.4 million. Read more»

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